9 Things We Are Loving Right Now

This week we’re sharing with you pics from our recent jobs and showing you what we’re loving now. We’ve picked 9 of our favourite things and had Taegan photograph how we’ve used them in our client’s homes. There’s definitely a softness emerging in residential  design. Traditional elements are becoming very popular and many of our clients are wanting their spaces to be soft and pretty. Read on to see 9 of our favourites.   1. Brass Hardware This kitchen looks spectacular with brass hardware. After the highly polished brass of the 1980’s, we’ve stayed away from this metal, preferring polished or brushed chrome/nickel. Brass is back, but it’s softer and worn – more 1880’s style.   2. Shaped Ceramic Tiles Square and rectangular tiles are everywhere so we thought why not use a softer shaped ceramic tile. It lends just enough pretty to these fireplaces and balances their strong defined lines. Just in case you think this is for girls only, there’s been a lot…

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Why Using Classic Elements is so Important

Whenever we do a kitchen reno, we try to give our clients a design that will last for many years. We stay away from any finishes that are too trendy, because that will really date the kitchen. Same with bathrooms. Renovations are a lot of work, inconvenience and expense. Our job is to make sure it looks great for more than a few years. And we never want anyone to be able to say, ‘that kitchen was done in 2014-2015′ because of a backsplash tile we chose. Take a look at the kitchen below. It was designed by Tommy Smythe. It’s hard to tell exactly what year it was completed in. Believe it or not, this kitchen appeared in House and Home magazine in 2005. Ten years later, it’s still awesome. Tommy’s use of classic elements makes him one of my favourite designers. His work is timeless because it’s classic with a twist. Notice how he uses a…

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Why Graffiti is Important and How to use it in Your Home

        Art or defacement? There’s a fine line that divides the art world on this topic. Some see graffiti as the most powerful art movement as it gives insight to what’s happening on the street. Others see it as vandalism, which I guess you might if it’s your fence or garage that was tagged. The interesting thing about graffiti is that this art form has existed since ancient times. In the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, the very first example of graffetti is an advertisement for prostitution. It shows a heart with footprints and a number. Graffiti has always been associated with a subculture that rebels against authority. Many have used graffiti to push a political and social agenda. It’s only been in the last 20 years that graffiti has moved more mainstream and become more legit through hip hop culture and mass media commercialization.  We’re seeing graffiti and street art infiltrating fashion and interior design. Street artists, or…

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The New York Design Scene…through the eyes of Taegan

  New York has long been the mecca of all things fashionable. Our Junior Designer, Taegan,  spent the last week being inspired by everything New York.  With  her keen design eye, she photographed her way through the city. The great thing about New York is that creativity breeds creativity. There’s inspiration around every corner. It’s fast paced and busy, and there’s no end to the possibilities. Below are a few of Taegan’s images and her thoughts from this trip. New York may be loud and crowded and busy, but there’s no other city like it in the world. In New York, anything is possible.   First stop whas the Museum of Modern Art. There’s a huge variety of work, but my all time fav is the Henri Marie Raymond De Toulouse-Lautrec, which you can see a close up of in the bottom right corner above.   Above is a piece I had never seen before even when studying the artist…

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9 Fun Ways to Use Wallpaper

If you’re afraid  that wallpaper is just too trendy, don’t be. Since the middle ages people have been covering their walls. Originally tapestries were hung to help keep in heat. That set off a trend for decorated walls that hasn’t stopped. There are so many great designs available that it’s hard to choose only one pattern. That’s okay – there’s lots of interesting places that can be papered. We’re going to show you some great wallpaper patterns along with some creative ways to use wallpaper in your home. 1. Do a Feature Wall One wall in a room will really make a statement. And if you’re doing only one wall, go really bold and strong. For added interest, do one wall in a room and then one small wall of an adjoining room in the same paper.   2. Use Wallpaper to bring in a Texture Sometimes you need to touch the wall to know if it’s paper or the real deal….

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